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Tehama Co. shooting and standoff ends with arrest

Photo courtesy of the Tehama County Sheriff's Office.

Steven Irvine Jr., 36, was arrested Sunday after officials say he shot at his mother and step-father and was involved in a standoff with several law enforcement agencies.

According to the Tehama County Sheriff's Office, on Sunday around 6:40 a.m., Gina Bird called 911 to report that her son, identified as Steven, had been randomly shooting a firearm in and around their home.

Steven lives with Gina and her husband, Michael Bird in Campbellville, a very remote area in eastern Tehama County.

Gina said when she tried to convince Steven to put down the rifle and stop shooting, he became agitated and fired his weapon at she and Michael and told them he was going to kill them.

Gina and Michael left the home in a vehicle and met deputies at the Cohasset Store.

Officials said the couples vehicle had several bullet holes and the couple told deputies that Steven had been drinking throughout the night and they were aware he had used a quantity of cocaine or methamphetamine.

The couple added that there were multiple firearms in the home and on the property.

After briefing, the Interagency SWAT team was activated and responded with their armored vehicle at 10:34 a.m. A second armored vehicle was requested and provided by the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

The California Highway Patrol Helicopter was also requested to obtain aerial photographs of the home and surrounding property.

Officials said a search warrant was obtained for the property and the SWAT unit along with the two armored vehicles entered the property around 3:14 p.m.

Officials said after 40 minutes of announcement with no response from Steven, a diversionary flash bang was deployed and the SWAT team made entry to the home.

Steven was found in a bedroom and was taken into custody without incident.

Officials said during the search of the property, deputies found 26 assorted firearms including two AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, several high capacity magazines and two sawed off shotguns. One AR-15 was a self-manufactured firearm.

Steven was taken to the Tehama County Jail where he was booked for attempted murder, shooting in a gross negligent manner, and criminal threats. Detectives anticipate filing additional charges after looking over evidence.

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